Welcome Address

The School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics (SLCL) studies and teaches languages, literatures, religions, cinemas, and other cultural productions from across the globe, making new and significant contributions to the understanding of a diverse human experience. Bringing 13 departments and programs together under one administrative umbrella, SLCL was created in 2007 to foster interdisciplinary and interdepartmental initiatives. The School's collaborative environment promotes world-class research agendas, innovative teaching, opportunities for outreach and community service, and enhanced learning experiences for students.

SLCL provides instruction in 32 languages to students from across campus, and we offer study abroad residential programs that have served nearly 1200 participants since 2009. These programs immerse Illinois students in the languages and cultures of Austria, France, Japan and Spain, providing participants with excellent career opportunities in an ever-expanding global environment.


Many of the challenges facing modern societies require solutions that cut across traditional geographical and disciplinary boundaries. The contributions of our alumni and students reach far and deep, from humanitarian aid to computational linguistics, in both the private and public sectors, affirming the values and commitment we strive to foster in the School.

SLCL faculty, staff, and students are active in various community projects, from the Education Justice Project (a "college-in-prison" learning environment at the Danville Correctional Center) and the University Language Academy for Children (an after school second language program in Spanish) to the Teacher Education Program (a certification program for Illinois students in regional school districts), and the East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center (a center providing services to refugee and immigrants).


Our diverse and talented faculty have authored major books and articles, led externally funded projects, and received national and international awards and fellowships for their scholarship, teaching, and service.

Since 2009, SLCL faculty have been awarded more than $4.5 million in grant funding for research from federal, state and private sources. Faculty and graduate students also host several large international conferences as well as tighthly-focused colloquia and workshops every year, bringing lively exchanges and diversity of thought to the campus community and beyond.

One of the major goals of the School of Literature, Cultures, and Linguistics is to encourage people to pool their talents and work together to help create a vibrant intellectual environment in which faculty, students, and the general public can thrive. The School welcomes all ideas and suggestions that can better serve faculty, current students and alumni in our shared mission: to understand the world in its diversity while exploring the common threads to our human experience.